Vail Resort aims to be Zero Waste by 2030

Vail Resort has partnered with Masters of Environment students at CU Boulder to reach zero waste by 2030. The move comes as part of Vail’s Commitment To Zero pledge, in which they aim to have a zero net operating footprint by 2030. This includes zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill and zero net operating impact on forests and habitat.

“In meeting this goal, nothing will go to the landfill. Reduction needs to be the first step, and from there, everything will be recycled or composted”, says Callyn Gonzalez, a graduate of the MENV program at CU Boulder.

The commitment to zero waste will require an overhaul of systems across Vail resorts, from procurement strategy streamlining and infrastructure changes to waste, food and beverage management .

“Everything we do at Vail Resorts is driven by the spectacular natural surroundings where our employees, guests and communities live, work and play. The environment is our business, and we have a special obligation to protect it,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

With changes that have already been made, Vail is on track to reach its goal of 50% diversion by the end of Q4 2020.

For more information on how Vail aims to achieve this “Epic Promise” see

Sonja Duncan